Loretta Reynolds

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Loretta E. Reynolds
Lori Reynolds cropped.jpg
Reynolds orating before the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in April 2013
Nickname(s) "Lori"
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1986–present
Rank US Marine O8 shoulderboard.svg Major General
Commands held MCRD Parris Island
9th Communication Battalion
USMC Cyberspace Command
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star

Loretta "Lori" E. Reynolds is a major general in the United States Marine Corps.

Early life and education[edit]

She was commissioned by the Marine Corps in May 1986 as a recent graduate of the United States Naval Academy.[1] She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.


Reynolds talking to a U.S. Marine colonel in June 2014.


As a communications officer, Reynolds was initially assigned to Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. She was later assigned to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan, where she was the Detachment Alpha Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. From September 1991 until June 1994, Reynolds was a Project Officer at the Marine Corps Systems Command.

From July 1994 to May 1995, she attended the Command and Control Systems Course at Marine Corps University and went on to serve as a Candidate Platoon Commander for Charlie Company, Officer Candidate School in Quantico. In September 1995, Reynolds returned to Camp Pendleton to serve with the Ninth Communication Battalion, 1st Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligence Group. While there, she served as Assistant Operations Officer and Commanding Officer, Bravo Company.


From June 1997 to June 2000, Reynolds commanded the U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. From August 2000 until June 2001, she attended the Naval War College. Afterwards, Reynolds was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps. There, she served as Action Officer and Deputy Division Head for Strategic Plans Division, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Department from June 2001 to May 2003.

Reynolds assumed command of the 9th Communication Battalion on June 8, 2003. She deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Fallujah, Iraq in February 2004 and returned to the United States in March 2005. Reynolds later attended the U.S. Army War College and graduated in 2006. From 2006 to 2008 she served as a Desk Officer in Current Operations Division and as a Division Chief at the Joint Staff, J6 in Washington, D.C.

In March 2009, Reynolds assumed command of the I MEF Headquarters Group at Camp Pendleton. She deployed the Group to Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan from March 2010 to March 2011, where the Group supported the efforts of I MEF FWD/Regional Command Southwest in Helmand Province.


In 2011 she took charge of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.[2] In September 2015, she assumed command of Marine Corps Cyberspace Command at Fort Meade, Maryland.[3]


  1. ^ "Official Biography: Brigadier General Loretta E. Reynolds".
  2. ^ Susanne M. Schafer. "Historic Marine base gets 1st-ever female general". Associated Press.
  3. ^ Hirsch, Rona S. (9 September 2015). "MARFORCYBER Change of Command". ftmeadesoundoff.com. Ft Meade Sound Off. Retrieved 17 January 2016.